Auburn sweeps South Carolina on Senior Day

Feb. 1, 2014

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AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn swimming and diving team cruised to a sweep of the South Carolina Gamecocks on Senior Day at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center on Saturday. Auburn's men downed the Gamecocks 170-124, while the women posted a 177-118 victory over South Carolina.

Auburn's senior class added wins throughout the day as Zane Grothe took the men's 500 freestyle, while Emily Bos swam the 200 back for the first time since 2010 and picked up the victory. James Disney-May collected a first-place finish in the men's 50 free at 19.87.

The Auburn men (3-3, 2-1 SEC) and women (4-2, 2-1 SEC) both won 12 of the 16 events on Saturday. Joe Patching was double winner for the Auburn men. The freshman took the 100 back and 200 IM with times of 48.35 and 1:49.94. Auburn's freshman combined to earn seven individual wins on the day in eight events, respectively.

On the women's side, freshman Allyx Purcell returned to her winning ways by sweeping the women's 50 and 100 free with times of 22.61 and 49.85, respectively.

The Tigers swept the men's and women's relay events. Auburn's women went three-up in the 200 medley relay, while Auburn's men claimed the top two spots for the Tigers. With the meet in hands, the Tigers capped off the day by sweeping the 400 free relay.

In diving, Auburn's  John Santeiu IV's 353.38 took first in the men's 1-meter competition, while Fraser McKean took second with a score of 346.28. Santeiu took second for the men on the 3-meter with a 381.75, just .45 points behind South Carolina's Cole Miller. Cinzia Calabretta took the win for Auburn in the women's 3-meter, with a six-dive score of 313.65.

"I thought today we got back and focused on our team. We focused really well at the task at hand and turned in good swims. We're on track with our training plan and I've been pleased with how we've performed at practice throughout the last week. We're always focused on getting to SECs with our best ahead of us and I think we're heading in that direction." - Auburn head coach Brett Hawke on team's performance

"The senior class is the cornerstone and foundation of our program. This group has put a lot of time and energy into making this program what it is." - Hawke on Auburn seniors

"They continue to get better and work hard. Cam Jones and Natasha Lloyd joined us at the hallway point and they are still getting used to the yards, but I think they've got a lot of good swims ahead of them and surprise a lot of people at SECs. You can look at our times across the board and we've kept getting better from Texas to Florida to South Carolina. We are going to show up at SECs ready to go." - Hawke on freshman class and upcoming SEC Championships

Prior to the meet, Auburn's 12 seniors were recognized on the pool deck for their accomplishments during their time as a Tiger. The men's seniors are Marcelo Chierighini, James Disney-May, Zane Grothe, Peter Haas, Spencer Kerns, TJ Leon and John Santeiu IV. Auburn's women's seniors are Emily Bos, Siena DeVenuto, Haley Krakoski, Aubrey Peacock and Hallie Stupp.

The Tigers competed in their first home dual meet of the season and just its third home event of the year. Auburn's men took home first place at November's Auburn Invitational, while the women claimed second at the mid-year meet.

The Tigers travel to Athens, Ga. for the 2014 SEC Championships at the Gabrielsen Natatorium. The five-day event starts on Feb. 18 and runs through Feb. 22.

  • Freshman Ashley Neidigh continues to be the top Tiger in the 500 free, taking first swimming 10:01.05.
  • Sophomore Jillian Vitarius led the 1-2-3 finish for Auburn in the 200 free, coming home with a time of 1:49.75
  • Sophomore Arthur Mendes turned in a personal best time of 1:37.66 in the 200 free, appearing in the event for the first time this year.
  • Senior Aubrey Peacock took home first in the 100 back, posting her first individual win of the season with a time of 54.72. Auburn took the top four spots in the race.
  • Freshman Natasha Lloyd, competing in just her second dual for Auburn after joining the team at the mid-year mark, recorded her first individual win of her young career in the 100 breast with a time of 1:02.86 ahead of teammate Annie Lazor's 1:04.17.
  • Michael Duderstadt earned the win for Auburn in the men's 100 breast with a NCAA `B' cut time of 55.30.
  • Sarah Reynolds touched first ahead of a pair of Gamecocks to win the 200 fly in 202.88.
  • Alex Hancock's 44.30 earned the junior his first win of the year in the 100 free.
  • In the men's 200 back, Auburn's Jacob Siar was first to the wall with a time of 1:49.21 in front of two Gamecocks.
  • Freshman Madison Martin and sophomore Sarah Reynolds battled throughout the 100 fly, but Martin came out ahead with a time of 56.48 to pick up her first career individual win.
  • Another mid-year enrollee Cam Jones led a top-four finish by the Tigers in the 100 fly, beating seniors TJ Leon, Marcelo Chierighini and fellow freshman Alex Press at 48.44. Jones' swim is the third-best time by an Auburn swimmer in the 100 fly this season.

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